Publisher Moon Books describes it as: "A creative compendium of invocations, inspirations and blessings for the novice or adept to design personal, unique and magical rituals."
The first part of the book offers simple poems, chants and prayers for specific purposes - such as purification, invocation or blessing. They can be easily slotted into rituals or used on their own. Some are relatively traditional, others less so. Take for example this elegant but simple "shower cleansing":
Wash away the stress and strainThe second part of the book contains complete rituals. As well as ceremonies for the usual seasonal festivals, there are ways to honour rites of passage from baby blessings and handfastings to rituals at death. The latter include last rites when a person is dying and a requiem for someone who has died.
Wash away the hurt and pain
Refresh and cleanse my tired soul
To reconnect, to make me whole
As we are approaching Samhain, and this month on my blog I have been looking at various aspects of death, here is a short quote from The Woven Word's passing over ritual:
Dearest Beloved, you are not aloneI wish I had had those words to say when I was sitting a bedside vigil for my father and then my mother before they died.
I am here to help guide you home
If your soul is ready now to depart
Then leave without a heavy heart
With forgiveness and without fear
For those you love will hold you dear
Moon Books says about The Woven Word on its website: "This is a pagan tome of poetry and prose designed for rituals, festivals and celebrations. Working with deities, Romany has chronicled invocations and evocations for many Gods and Goddesses, and created clear and crafty quarter calls, circle castings, celebratory prose and meditations. Ritual is broken into its component parts allowing for easy reference and personal adaptation."
What I would add is that Romany's words are beautiful, simple and powerful. As I read the book I could not only see myself using its rites without adaptation, I also felt that I wanted to use them. And to be honest that's rare for me. With most of the other books of rituals I own, I find myself changing the words quite a bit to suit my personal taste or simply using them for inspiration and writing my own invocations or whatever based on them. I know I will be using many of the refrains and rites in The Woven Wordin the years to come.
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The Woven Word: A Book of Invocations and Inspirations